Rugby 2016-2019 (Until we win the World Cup......)


#4253

It already is split.
Kieron Read has come out against the world league, says it’s just about money and will result in more meaningless games.
I suppose at least a tour or a test series like with summer and autumn internationals is something to follow up to a point but I would’ve thought a new league would get rid of those sort of tours. Evidently not.


#4254


God forbid , but someone ,someday is going to get seriously injured or worse on live TV playing professional rugby , mercy of god it hasnt happened already .


#4255

:eyes:


#4256

That will be a threat to Irish world rugby dominance


#4257

Curious decision, two of their better teams and then starting a new team in north wales.


#4258

I’d have thought they would have just scrapped the Newport franchise - perennial strugglers.


#4259

Doesn’t seem to be going down too well in Wales


#4265

It’s a really good decision as it will have a team capable of actually winning the Champions Cup.

Geographically it makes sense. Ospreys aren’t competitve anymore and it allows them to put a professional team in North Wales which is badly needed


#4267

Sean Cronin dropped for the game against France. Really shows how desperate we are in that position.


#4268

Just shows you how lucky we are with the 4 provinces being a natural fit for 4 rugby teams.


#4269

Yeah apparently they get better crowds at their AIL equivalent than Pro14. And all 4 regions are within about 100km of each other.


#4270

Is Dublin not a province too …


#4271

Very mountainy country, travel between North and south is slow and as far as I’m aware there aren’t many internal flights


#4272

Well to be fair to the governing body

the Ospreys have broken their transfer cap 3 years in a row

They went to the Cardiff blues to do their own amalgamation deal without telling anyone but Cardiff said no.

They then went to Llanelli - who got the governing body involved which the Ospreys agreed with

They then pulled out when they didn’t get their own way on everything …


#4273

Another brilliant game in the u20s


#4274

They played savage rugby. Great game.


#4275

Some achievement again.


#4276

France are still rubbish but Ireland seem to have found form again.

Gatland was at it again yesterday. “The players have a dream…” and, “When you look back on a Grand Slam there is always one game you think was close and that was probably today.”

I know he likes to wind people up but I do wonder is he losing it? Going to be a cracking contest next week by the looks


#4277

I’ve almost entirely given up watching rugby, but don’t give up hope, France usally collapse in the last 20 minutes :grin:


#4278

Eddie Jones, never been a fan, but he does come out with some funny sheet. I think he’s just bored and over it at this stage:

“We had a couple of hard training runs against Georgia, a few nights on the beer. Just relaxing, enjoying each other’s company,” Jones said.

"And a bit of fun organised by the players in between the hard training. It’s just finding that right balance.

"We went punting in Oxford last week. We did a tour of some of the university buildings - I don’t know how much the players enjoyed that part! It was a good education for them and a bit of fun.

“I went to a coffee shop, I couldn’t imagine putting on a straw hat!”